Piping hot apples with a spiced maple crisp topping are the ultimate quick-to-make fall dessert. Individual portions eliminate time spent chopping and make serving a breeze. Use certified gluten-free oats keep this tasty dessert gluten-free.

Tip for the cook: Get your kids involved! This is a great recipe for your kitchen helper. After an adult cuts the apple, kids can have fun measuring and mixing the topping, scooping out the apples and topping them with the oats.


3 gala apples or a different variety that holds its shape while cooking
1 ¼ cups old fashioned rolled oats, not instant oats, divided
¼ cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
⅛ teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Preheat oven to 350° and prepare a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray or a very thin layer of oil.
  2. Pulse ¼ cup of the rolled oats in a food processor until it resembles a course flour.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oats, oat flour, maple syrup, melted butter and spices. Stir until well-mixed.

  1. Slice apples in half vertically and use a metal 1 teaspoon measuring spoon, melon baller or small spoon to carefully scoop out the seeds and central core leaving the rest of the apple intact. If needed, cut a very thin slice off of the skin side to create a flat base and prevent apples from wobbling while preparing.

  1. Place apples in the prepared baking dish and top each with 2 mounded tablespoons of oat mixture.

Cover pan with a lid or tinfoil and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover pan and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes or until apples have softened and crisp topping is golden brown. Serve immediately.

Servings: 6
Serving size: ½ apple


Calories 177 Total Fat 5 g
Saturated Fat 3 g Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 10 mg Sodium 2 mg
Potassium 180 mg Total Carbohydrate 31 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g Sugars 19 g
Protein 2 g

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